5 Yank Magazines 1945 Jan 26-Feb 23 Pinups Photos
This lot contains five (5) Yank Magazines from 1945. Dates are Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb. 9, Feb 16, and Feb 23. They are all in Good+ condition with wear on edges and pages lightly browned with age.
Like the GI army that spawned it, Yank magazine was temporary -- for the duration of the war. Most of WWII's servicemen were civilians at heart, serving in uniform only to win the war. YANK was conceived as the voice of those millions of citizen soldiers. Distributed around the world, YANK served the army until the war's end and then ceased to operate after its GI readers went home. To the end, YANK lived up to its motto, "Written by the men, for the men in the service."
Offensive racial cartoons, pinups young soldiers sent in of their wives and girlfriends, "news from home" covering every state in the union, and photos of old tanks and planes..... this publication has it all!
Yank was a weekly magazine published by the United States military during World War II. Founded and edited by Major Hartzell Spence (1908-2001), the magazine was written by enlisted rank soldiers only and was made available to the soldiers, sailors and airmen serving overseas. It was published at facilities around the world -- British, Mediterranean, Continental, Western Pacific -- for a total of 21 editions in 17 countries. Yank was the most widely read magazine in the history of the U.S. military, achieving a worldwide circulation of more than 2.6 million. Each issue was priced at five cents because it was felt that if soldiers paid, they would have a higher regard for the publication. Each issue was edited in New York City and then shipped for printing around the world w staff editors added local stories. The last issue was published in December, 1945. Scott Corbett (later known as a writer of novels for children) served as the last editor.
From the beginning, realism and a straight forward writing style emerged as the hallmark of YANK's articles. Home front magazine editors were sensitive to the mores of polite society. YANK's staff writers saw the raw realities of war and reported them. This literary freedom helped influence post-war American journalism.
Title of Magazine - Yank The Army Weekly Publisher - Branch Office War Department Date - Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 23 1945 Cover Picture - GI Photos Condition - Good+ Back Cover Ad - Yank Cartoons
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